Nov 15, 2013
01:26 PM
Connecticut Politics

State Sen. John McKinney Calls for Special Session to Fix Connecticut Obamacare Law

State Sen. John McKinney Calls for Special Session to Fix Connecticut Obamacare Law

State Sen. John McKinney

State Senate Minority Leader and candidate for governor, John McKinney (R-Fairfield), is calling on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to convene a special legislative session to fix state law in wake of the President's revisions to Obamacare.

McKinney said becuase of the way Connecticut's law was written in 2011, the state's insurance commissioner cannot approve insurance policies that do not comply with the Federal Affordable Care Act. President Barack Obama yesterday announced a fix to the law that would permit insurance holders to keep plans through 2014 that were previously being canceled by insurance companies. McKinney says Connecticut now needs to repeal their own law so health insurance policies held by Connecticut residents aren't deemed illegal with Obama's fix. 

“Governor Malloy and our Democratic legislature made an early and aggressive commitment to Obamacare and passed a law that, even in the wake of the president’s remarks, makes the insurance policies held by tens of thousands of Connecticut residents illegal," McKinney said. “Nothing the president said yesterday changes the Affordable Care Act, or any state law. In Connecticut, the commissioner does not have legal authority to approve health insurance policies that do not comply with the federal law. The only way to provide a safe harbor for Connecticut citizens who recently had their health care plans taken away is for the legislature to repeal the state law that makes these plans illegal.”

 

 

State Sen. John McKinney Calls for Special Session to Fix Connecticut Obamacare Law

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